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Moving the embassy to Jerusalem

On December 6 President Trump announced that the United States embassy in Israel would be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  Since Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, this seems like a reasonable step to take, yet this decision has been met with protests all over the world.  The United Nations voted 128 to 9 to condemn it.  The Palestinians have objected and threatened violence because they consider Jerusalem to be their capital.

Israel is unique among the nations of the world.  It began when God told Abraham to go to another land and promised to make a great nation of his descendants.

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  (Genesis 12:1-3)

Abraham had two sons, Isaac and Ishmael.  The descendants of Isaac became the nation of Israel and fulfilled God’s promise to make Abraham a great nation.  Jerusalem became the capital of Israel.  God’s temple was there and it was where Jesus was crucified, fulfilling the promise that all families of the earth would be blessed in Abraham. Read the rest of this entry

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Living in exile

Jeremiah sent a letter to the exiles from Jerusalem who had been taken to Babylon, telling them how they were to live.

Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not send them, declares the Lord.

For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. (Jeremiah 29:5-10)

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